Selling a Car in Wyoming
When you’re selling a vehicle in Wyoming, there are some requirements that you have to meet. We’ve collected the appropriate information here on these requirements so you can make sure your vehicle sale goes without a hitch.
1. Title Information
You can only sell a vehicle in Wyoming if you have total ownership of it. In other words, any “lien” (loan) on the vehicle must be paid off before you can sell the vehicle. In Wyoming, the lienholder retains the title until the lien is paid off. When you have paid off the lien, your lienholder should fill out a lien release and send you the title. You can then submit the release and the title to the state in order to get a new title without the lien. You will not be able to sell the vehicle until you receive the new title.
You should also make certain that you have the actual title. If you cannot find the title, you’ll need to obtain a replacement title from the Wyoming Department of Transportation (DOT). You will need the physical title so that you can transfer the title to the new buyer. Both the buyer and seller have to fill out specific segments of the title. Your signature and the buyer’s signature are also both necessary and must be notarized.
2. Bill of Sale Requirements
Wyoming requires a Bill of Sale when you sell a vehicle. There is no specific official form you need to use, but the Bill of Sale must be notarized and should include the following information:
- The new owner’s name
- The full address of the new owner
- The seller’s name
- The full address of the seller
- The date of the sale
- The sale price
- A full and detailed vehicle description
- The vehicle identification number (VIN)
- The vehicle odometer reading at the time of sale
- The signature of the seller
- The signature of the buyer
Wyoming does not currently require inspections or emissions tests on its vehicles, so you have no responsibility to get any of these performed on your vehicle before you sell it.
4. License Plates
In Wyoming, when you sell your vehicle, its license plates remain with you and not with the vehicle. You can transfer the plates to a new vehicle of the same class, provided that you do it within 30 days. If you don’t transfer the title to a new vehicle, you should return the plates to the DOT in order to avoid liability issues. Make sure you transfer or return the plates before you cancel your insurance.
5. Odometer Disclosure Requirements
Wyoming requires people to formally disclose the vehicle odometer reading when they sell a vehicle that is 10 years old or newer. To fulfill this requirement, you must fill in the appropriate space on the title when you transfer it to the buyer. If the title for some reason does not have a space for odometer information, there are forms you can get from the appropriate county clerk office.
6. Other Information
If you have questions or want more details on anything connected to vehicle selling, check out the Wyoming Department of Transportation website. Be aware that Wyoming allows each county to determine its own rules on some aspects of titles and liens, so make sure you check your county clerk’s office as well.